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How are marketers finding bloggers to work with? Which metrics are being used to measure the success of partnerships? Do bloggers most like to partner with brands, agencies, or third-party networks ?

To find out, GroupHigh recently surveyed 4,000 bloggers who are regularly being approached by brands and agencies. Respondents were asked for feedback on their current marketing relationships and what they would like to see in the future.

Below, key findings from the report.

Vetting Bloggers

  • 87% of the bloggers surveyed say marketers are asking for links to their social profiles as well as data on the size of their following before starting partnerships.
  • 75% are being asked for verified traffic data.

Pitching and Engaging Bloggers

  • Respondents say they are being pitched by three main groups: agencies, brands, and third-party networks that offer opportunities.
  • 79% of the bloggers surveyed say they want to work directly with brands, not agencies or third-party networks.

Measuring Success

  • 90% of respondents say marketers look at pageviews to measure the success of a blogging partnership.
  • 60% say social shares are a key data point.

About the research: The report was based on data from a survey of 4,000 bloggers who are regularly being approached by brands and agencies.

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Ayaz Nanji is a digital strategist and a co-founder of ICW Media, a marketing agency specializing in content and social media services for tech firms. He is also a research writer for MarketingProfs. He has worked for Google/YouTube, the Travel Channel, AOL, and the New York Times.

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